Riders at this year’s prestigious Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will be tackling the cross-country course in reverse courtesy of designer Giuseppe Della Chiesa.
Preparations for the event are already well under way, starting in the late simmer of 2014 on the Duke of Beaufort’s Park. This year will be Della Chiesa’s second time overseeing the course, and his debut featured a flowing, big and bold track that caught the attention of riders and spectators alike, especially in the difficult weather conditions. The reverse route presents different challenges over the terrain, so the 2015 running will almost feel like a second ‘first time’ for the Italian designer.
Badminton was recently voted Best Event (Eventing) of 2014 by international publication L’Annee Hippique. The vote is conducted via the magazine Horse International and is the choice of riders, owners, trainers and all at the pinnacle of the sport.
Badminton is now settled into its later week and runs from Wednesday May 6 through to the final jumping phase on Sunday May 10, with the cross-country back in its traditional Saturday slot.
It is sure to provide an early indicator for selectors looking to build their teams for the European Championships which are being held at Blair Castle in Scotland in September.
Badminton is being kicked off by the Mitsubishi Motors Grass Roots Championships, and the grounds will also have a new-look trade stand area.
This year Badminton’s dedicated charity is Sense, the national charity campaigning for people who are deafblind.
Badminton’s ticket office is open for existing customers, and will be open to the public from January 12.